||"The purpose of this Protocol is to reinforce the ability of member States, as well as partner States, adequately to respond to crime. This purpose is intended to be reached by improving and supplementing the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters . . . as well as the Additional Protocol thereto. [At the same time, it takes into consideration the need to protect individual rights within the processing of personal data.] . . . That purpose is achieved by way of modernising the existing provisions governing mutual assistance, extending the range of circumstances in which mutual assistance may be requested, facilitating assistance and making it quicker and more flexible." (Explanatory Report.)
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